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**Kentucky football coaching staff (UPDATE: Brumbaugh)**

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    LEXINGTON, Ky. – After spending 26 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, including four seasons as the head coach at Northwestern State, Bradley Dale Peveto has joined the University of Kentucky football coaching staff as the safeties coach and special teams coordinator, head coach Mark Stoops announced Saturday.

    Peveto brings extensive experience to the Bluegrass State, having coached in three Southeastern Conference championship games and winning a national championship while an assistant coach at LSU in 2007. Originally from Orangefield, Texas, Peveto knows the South well, having spent his entire coaching career in Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana and Arkansas.

    “Bradley Dale impressed me greatly during the year we worked together,” said Stoops, who was on the University of Houston staff with Peveto during the 2000 season. “He has a relentless work ethic and excellent experience as a special teams coordinator and defensive coach.”

    Peveto (pronounced “PEE-veh-toe”) most recently spent four seasons as the head coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana, where he guided the team to consecutive seasons with five or more wins for the first time since 2004-05. His team improved by five wins from his first to his second season, the fourth-largest jump that year in Division I football. While coaching the Demons, Peveto brought in highly ranked recruiting classes with his first signing class ranking No. 1 among NCAA Football Championship Subdivision schools by, while his 2010 class ranked fourth in the FCS by

    Peveto, who also coached linebackers while owning the top spot with the Demons, led linebacker Derek Rose to All-America honors in 2010 and 2011, while Rose earned first-team All-Southland Conference honors this season.

    Before his head coaching stint, Peveto spent 22 years as an assistant coach, including 2005-08 at perennial national power LSU, where he won a national championship, SEC championship and four consecutive bowl games. Peveto spent three years as the Tigers special teams coordinator and linebackers coach before being promoted in 2008 to co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

    During his time with LSU, the Tigers ranked in the nation’s top five in total defense three seasons. In 2007, he coached linebacker Ali Highsmith to first-team All-America honors from and second-team honors from The Associated Press. In 2005, Peveto led a linebacker corps of Highsmith, Cameron Vaughn, Kenneth Hollis and E.J. Kuale, which was one of the best groups in the SEC.

    As LSU’s special teams coordinator, Peveto had both his punter (Patrick Fisher) and placekicker (Colt David) earn first-team All-SEC honors in 2007, marking the first time in school history that LSU had the All-SEC punter and kicker on its roster in the same season. Fisher had a great season with a league-best average of 44.5 yards per punt, while David drilled a school-record 26 field goals, leading the SEC in scoring with 147 total points, which was a league record.

    Peveto led LSU’s special teams to solid seasons in 2005 and 2006. In 2005, the Tigers were one of the best special teams units in the nation, ranking first in the conference in net punting and kickoff coverage and second in the league in punt returns. Nationally, LSU ranked fifth in the nation in net punting and 12th nationally in punt return average. Skyler Green was named first-team All-America as a return specialist.

    In 2006, Peveto directed special teams units that returned both a punt and kickoff for touchdowns. LSU return specialist Craig “Buster” Davis earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2006 after averaging 14.2 yards on punt returns and was picked in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

    In three years as LSU's special teams coordinator, the Tigers returned two punts for touchdowns and a pair of kickoffs for a score. They also blocked six kicks, converted 49-of-71 field goals and 165-of-167 extra points.

    Prior to his stop in Baton Rouge, Peveto spent two years at Middle Tennessee State and four years at Houston, serving at various times as a defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. Peveto led MTSU to a No. 2 ranking in the Sun Belt Conference in rush defense during his time, while Houston ranked 25th in total defense, 20th in rushing defense and 22nd in scoring defense and tied for 14th nationally with 28 forced turnovers in his first season with the Cougars. Peveto also coached four Cougars to five all-conference awards while three players were placed on the league's all-freshman squad.

    “I knew the year we coached together (in Houston) that Coach Stoops had a great defensive mind and was one of the best coaches – both in teaching players on the field and building relationships with them off the field – I’ve ever known,” Peveto said. “I believed he had all the qualities necessary to become a head coach and I’m proud to join his staff at the University of Kentucky.”

    Before coaching the Cougars, Peveto had his first stint with Northwestern State as the team’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 1996-98. Peveto helped lead the team to the Division I-AA playoffs and the SLC Championship in 1997 and 1998, finishing with a No. 3 national ranking in 1998. Peveto’s defense was ranked nationally in multiple categories in each of his three seasons, while four Demon players were selected in the NFL Draft during his tenure.

    Under his direction, the Demon defense also set single-game records for fewest yards allowed, fewest rushing yards allowed, and most quarterback sacks. NSU also set school season records for most defensive touchdowns scored. In addition, his defenses also set season records for quarterback sacks in two of his three seasons, accumulating 52 in 1998 and 122 in three years.

    Peveto coached two years in the SEC with Arkansas from 1994-95, working with special teams, linebackers and the defensive line. During his time, the Razorbacks won the SEC Western Division title in 1995 with an 8-5 mark and a trip to the Carquest Bowl.

    Prior to his time in Fayetteville, Peveto spent two years as special teams coordinator/outside linebackers coach at Southern Mississippi and four years with various responsibilities at Stephen F. Austin. While with SFA, the Lumberjacks finished as the national runners-up in Division I-AA in 1989. Peveto began his coaching career as the secondary coach at Trinity Valley Community College.

    A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Peveto was a four-year letterman for the Mustangs and played in four bowl games (Cotton, Sun, Aloha and Mirage). During his playing career, SMU won two Southwest Conference championships (1982 and 1984) and had a combined record of 43-14-1.

    Peveto served as team captain in 1986 and earned the Wild Mustang Special Teams Player of the Year award and the Mike Kelsey Award for attitude, hustle and desire as a senior. He also was a member of the 1984 SWC All-Academic team.

    Peveto comes from a family with a rich football coaching tradition. His late father, Ed, coached high school football in the Southeast Texas area and was inducted into the Greater Houston Coaches Hall of Honor in 1993 and into the Golden Triangle Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997. Two of his late brothers, Jeff and Garey Birt, coached at high schools in the Southeast Texas area.

    Peveto is married to the former Melissa Weser, and the couple has a daughter, Payton Marie, and a son, Jacob Edward.

  • He coached Derek Rose too? Maybe he knows Coach Cal. ;)

    Wonder why they aren't ready to announce Brumbaugh. It seems like he's already on the


  • WoW..what a staff...Peveto, Marrow, all we need is a terrific WR coach and we will be set.
    This staff has to be considered among the top 5 SEC recruiting staffs now..right?
    Where would you rank this staff in the SEc Josh..Matt..Chris??
    Peveto will help us out tremendously. KNows Louisiana..a undervalued yet fertile recruiting well as texas Fla, ect.
    Marrow will help Stoops raid Ohio area..Eliot and Stoops will dig into Fla like ticks. Neal brown will bring elite QB's and WR's to UK. Any young wr or Qb should be willing to consider Uk based on Browns offensive system alone. Chad Scott is also an ace recruiter. This is the best EVER staff at UK. Lots of outstanding recruiters..and most are also very good position/developmental coaches as well.

  • We may want to let them sign at least one recruit before we declare this group a top 5 recruiting staff in the SEC.

  • You are right of course..but the fact a bunch of SEC caliber kids are already showing big interest in us ...makes me optimistic. Just a great staff..never dreamed UK could hire this kinda staff. NOt just Stoops..but Brown,Scott..Peveto..Marrow. These guys are hot recruiters. Chad Scott has been snagging 4 and 5 star kids to TTU. Marrow for nebraska..and hes a great developmental coach too..according to his TE's at Neb.
    Peveto was LSU's ace in the hole. Some guys just relate and form relationships easier than others..and we now have some of these guys here.

  • Judging by the lack of news regarding the final 2 staff slots, I would guess they are from bowl bound teams or NFL coaches. May be we will get some news during the dead period to make a final push. WR is a key need for this class, so I would think this hire should be a big draw.

    Someone on the lines of Steve Spurrier Jr, Mike Wilson....

  • UK makes Jimmy Brumbaugh officially official as defensive line coach:

    Jimmy Brumbaugh Named Defensive Line Coach

    Former Auburn star defensive lineman joins Stoops’ defensive staff

    LEXINGTON, Ky. – A former All-Southeastern Conference defensive tackle at Auburn and member of LSU’s staff during its national championship run in 2007, Jimmy Brumbaugh has joined Mark Stoops’ staff at Kentucky as an assistant coach for defensive linemen, Stoops announced Tuesday.

    “I think Jimmy will do a tremendous job in player development,” Stoops said. “It’s of major importance to teach defensive line play at the level of expectation that Coach Eliot (defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot) and I have.

    “Jimmy comes from the heritage of the legendary Pete Jenkins,” Stoops continued. Jenkins coached defensive line play for decades in the SEC (including Brumbaugh at Auburn), other colleges and in the National Football League. “When I talked with Jimmy, he blew me away with his organization and plan of how he teaches and develops the defensive line.”

    Brumbaugh has impressive credentials as a player and most recently a coach over the last 15-plus years. Brumbaugh’s most recent BCS stop was a two-year stint at Syracuse University, where he coached the defensive tackles in 2011 and the defensive line in 2010. While with the Orange, Brumbaugh helped guide the team to an 8-5 record his first season and a victory in the 2010 New Era Pinstripe Bowl over Kansas State.

    SU showed drastic improvements in national defensive rankings in 2010 under Brumbaugh, moving from 81st in scoring defense to 17th and 37th in total defense to seventh. One of the reasons for the defensive improvements was two-time All-Big East defensive end Chandler Jones, who was drafted 21st overall by the New England Patriots in the 2012 NFL Draft.

    “I’m glad to be part of Coach Stoops’ vision for the Kentucky program,” Brumbaugh said. “Watching his defense this year, and knowing his attention to detail, is exciting.

    “I’m glad to be part of the Big Blue Nation. When you think of the tradition of the SEC, and having played at Kentucky (during the 1995 season), I’m glad to be here and have the opportunity to be in this one-of-a-kind league.”

    Prior to his time at Syracuse, Brumbaugh coached the defensive line at Louisiana Tech in 2008 and 2009, helping the Bulldogs to an 8-5 record, including a win over SEC foe Mississippi State and a win in the 2008 Independence Bowl over Northern Illinois. Brumbaugh took over a defensive front that ranked 46th nationally against the rush in 2007 and moved that ranking to 13th at the conclusion of the 2008 season.

    Brumbaugh’s defensive front also ranked 45th nationally in sacks in 2008, led by D’Anthony Smith, who was a two-time first-team All-Western Athletic Conference performer after ranking second in the league among defensive linemen with 65 tackles. Smith was not the only player that saw success under Brumbaugh in 2008 as eight Bulldog defensive linemen recorded at least one sack. Overall, Louisiana Tech earned 27 sacks in 2008, which was the most by a Bulldog team in nearly a decade. Tech also recorded a 21-0 shutout win against San Jose State in 2008, which was the school’s first shutout since 1996, spanning 148 games.

    The native of Keystone Heights, Fla., is not only known for his coaching of defensive fronts, but also his knowledge of strength and conditioning. Brumbaugh served two seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at LSU in 2006 and 2007, helping lead the Tigers to the 2007 national championship and a Sugar Bowl championship after the ’06 season. While with the Tigers, Brumbaugh helped produce NFL-ready talent, helping 12 players get drafted, including five first-round picks.

    Before his stop at LSU, Brumbaugh got his first coaching role at Jacksonville State as a student assistant coach, guiding the Gamecocks to the 2004 Ohio Valley Conference championship and a 9-2 record. He spent the 2005 season at Tennessee-Chattanooga as the defensive line coach before going to LSU.

    Brumbaugh recently completed a one-year term at East Mississippi Community College, where he was in charge of the defensive line and the strength and conditioning coordinator. Brumbaugh helped lead the Lions to a top-10 national ranking with an 8-2 record en route to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges North Division championship. Brumbaugh’s defensive line had a solid season, collecting a combined 224 tackles, including 44.5 tackles for loss, 21.5 sacks and seven fumbles forced. For the season, the EMCC defense allowed just 74.5 rushing yards per game and only 15.3 points per game.

    Before moving into the coaching ranks, Brumbaugh had a fantastic career as a player at Auburn and spent some time in professional football. At Auburn, Brumbaugh started 44 of his 48 career games, gathering 291 tackles and 15 sacks as a nose tackle and defensive tackle. Brumbaugh was named Freshman All-SEC in 1995, second-team All-SEC in 1996 and first-team All-SEC in 1997. During his time at Auburn, Brumbaugh helped the team earn the 1997 SEC Western Division championship and won the 1997 Peach Bowl and 1996 Independence Bowl. Auburn played in the Outback Bowl following his freshman season.

    After his collegiate career ended, Brumbaugh signed a free-agent deal with the San Francisco 49ers in 2000 although most of his professional playing career was spent in the XFL with the Birmingham Bolts and in arena football with the Georgia Force and Birmingham Steel Dogs.

    Brumbaugh graduated from Auburn University with a degree in health and human performance. He is married to the former Kelly Jones. They have two sons, Legend and Nash.

  • I'm really excited to see what Brumbaugh can do with our DL. Those guys need some serious coaching in a very bad way. They have not been taught the "tricks of the trade" very much over the last few years.

  • Could be awhile on the last two assistant coaches. Their postings are still up.


  • I was at a coaching clinic in Louisville when turner was hired. I was a wee bit skeptical on his approach he taught on some basic fundamentals because they were totally opposite of anything else I had heard from other coaches.

    He did have fire, I just think firery motivation only last as a supplement for so long, then the emotion wears off as you tire and its back to technique, physical skill, and heart.

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  • Agree mjdotson. Our DL has talent. Cobble and Rumph both are good SEC DT's. If Uk had depth like a Bama or LSU..these guys would be kept fresh..and I totally agree that while our DL play has been decent..its not been at the level one expected as far as technique or performance!
    Hopefully Jimmy B will fix this. Im sure he will. The DL at East Miss CC has been lights out..and Syracuse had a great DL with inferior talent when JB was there. GUy can coach up DT and DE..and so can DC DJ Eliot! Just ask the FSU fans.

    I am blown away with this staff. Young, have the fire...relates to the kids well..has a plan...outwork and outthink and outhustle your opponets in every aspect of the game..preparation..recruiting, X's and O's, and in the weightroom. (Personally..I was hoping there was at least 1 magic wand..or a rabbit in a hat somewhere..LoL)

    I never dreamed UK could pull these guys in..and its not just Mark Stoops..or Neal Brown..or DJ Eliot. Vince Marrow and Chad Scott are two very very good recruiters. Both also happen to be pretty darn good developmental coaches..didnt one of Scotts Rb's win the Doak Walker award? And Marrows two TE's at Nebraska both gave Marrow props on helping them to become better Te's. JOhn Schlarman was a heck of a SEC Ol..and has done an outstanding job at Troy. Glad to have ol Johnny Schlarr back. Bradley Dale Peveto helped LSU recruit and win the 2007 BCS title. So did Jimmy Brumbaugh.
    AS it sits..if Stoops can hire a homerun type for WR's coach..that can recruit.... HO HO HO..its gonna be a merry Christmas! Id love HInshaw..but looks like hes a no-go. Any good ideas or inside scoops on possible WR hires? (Id love to see a GA come in and help at wr's..Keenan Burton??James Whalen?Aaron Boone?? Dicky Lyons Jr?? Id love to see Dermontti Dawson hired as a centers coach/OL recruiter...know this guy could land some big time Centers and OL, and as the BEST center to ever snap a football..youd think he could teach some kids a thing or two. (These were just ideas.."wouldnt it be nice" type ramblings)
    Overall..Im elated to have such a young, yet experienced staff here..great offensive and defensive minds..have been in the big games..knows what it takes to win it all. Great recruiters..way way better than what UK fans are used to. I cant remember this many 4 stars kids being interested in UK this>

  • Just want some Florida ties in the last two hires.


  • FootballScoop: "Kentucky: Sources tell us Youngstown State linebackers coach Frank Buffano will join Mark Stoops staff as director of football operations."

    CoachingSearch: "Kentucky: Sources tell me that Dan Berezowitz has joined Mark Stoops' staff at Kentucky. Berezowitz was not affiliated with a particular university this season. He previously served under Tim Brewster at Minnesota."


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  • I'm guessing that Bereowitz (sp) will be the recruiting coordinator which is an administrative position. Held that role at AZ I believe and also at Oklahoma.

  • That's what I thought too, but I thought that was the same role as Director of Football Ops (recruiting one, there were two). RC isn't always administrative. Chuck Smith was Kentucky's recruiting coordinator last year.